Gallup, New Mexico

December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2022

Event Info

Thursday, December 1, 2022

6:00pm Butler's Office Supply Pilot Registration - El Rancho Hotel

Friday, December 2, 2022 - LAM Corporation Day

7:30am iHeart Radio Mass Assension - Fox Run Golf Course & Red Rock Park
6:30pm Cedar & Ivy Real Estate/ Rocket Cafe Liquors & Lounge - Glow in the Rocks - Red Rock Park
6:30pm McKinley County Indian Dances - Red Rock Park
7:30pm Four Corners Welding and Gas Supply - Pilot Registration - El Rancho Hotel
Richardon Trading Post Pilot Appreciation Sponsor
Family Medicine Associates Platinum Sponsor

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - Supersmith Inc. Day

6:30am Amigo Automotive Group - Dawn Patrol - Red Rock Park
7:30am Equipment Share - Mass Ascension - Red Rock Park
8:30am Pinnacle Bank Pyramid Rock Run - Red Rock Park
6:30pm Rio West Mall Balloominaria - Rio West Mall
Rico Auto Complex & Gallup Eye Group Pilot Pack Sponsor
Big Mike's Equipment Rental Platinum Sponsor

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - Sonic Drive In Day

6:30am Horizon Enterprises Plumbing & Heating - Dawn Patrol - Red Rock Park
7:30am Sammy C's Rock N' Sports Pub & Grille Mass Ascension - Red Rock Park
10:00am New Mexico Gas Co. Awards Brunch & Auction - Red Rock Park
Jerry's Cafe Platinum Sponsor
Perry Null Trading Company Pilot Appreciation Sponsor

Want to be part of a chase crew?  Contact us for information on how to sign up and attend crew training.

Mass balloon ascensions are scheduled daily at Red Rock Park and other select locations. "Special shape" balloons will participate in the rally from around the country, including Red Rock Balloon Rally’s very own Koshare Gallup.  Balloonists will also compete for Native American-crafted jewelry, pottery and rugs in events such as a hare and hound race, judge-declared goal race and more.

Additional festivities during the three days include: Native American jewelry and art vendors; Native American dance performances (as Gallup is in close proximity to the Navajo reservation, and the pueblos of Zuni, Laguna and Acoma); a parade in downtown Gallup; an art show; and nightly balloon glows. The city of Gallup also has a wide variety of restaurants, galleries, museums and other attractions for visitors to enjoy.


The Red Rock Balloon Rally has received numerous awards, including “Best Balloon Event in The West” (Ballooning Magazine), “Most Outstanding Event” (New Mexico Tourism Association), “Outstanding Community Event” (Gallup Chamber of Commerce).






This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Red Rock Balloon Rally.  What began as a small but earnest effort by four individuals to share the unique flying challenge offered in the incredible red rock formations east of Gallup, New Mexico has grown into one of the largest ballooning events in the world.


Red Rock Balloon Rally Association

The Red Rock Balloon Rally Association, which hosts the balloon rally, has been uplifting the Gallup community since 1981, partnering with many non-profit groups and contributing tens of thousands of dollars to their fund raising efforts. The Association is run by an all volunteer committee and has never had a paid staff which speaks loudly to the dedication of its members.


  • Address: Red Rock Balloon Rally                                    P.O. Box 2621                                                      Gallup, NM 87305
  • Phone: 1-800-380-4989
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